Young and old joined forces to produce an unforgettable musical to mark Skelmanthorpe’s First World War victims.
Twelve young people From St Aidans Church were joined by members of the community to perform a play about the men who didn’t return from the 1914 - 1918 conflict.
Villager, Christopher Ward, who took part in the play, said: “We decided that what we should have was a formal commemoration interlinked with a musical drama based on a Skelmanthorpe family.
“What was conceived and produced was a three act production.
“What nobody knew or realised was the truly amazing final result.”
More than 300 people saw the performances over two days, including pupils from St Aidan’s and Skelmanthorpe First schools and Scissett Middle School and members of the public,
Christopher said: ”The result was quite remarkable, with a balance of pathos, humour and a underlining seriousness.
“It took just 23 rehearsals equalling 35 hours of hard and dedicated work, bearing in mind that the age range of the cast was eight to 14 years.
“The atmosphere within the auditorium was electric with five curtain calls following the Saturday evening performance.
“There is no doubt from the comments made as the audience made its way home and from the letters and emails received by the Production Team, that certainly Skelmanthorpe did not forget!”
The young people in addition to their performances, raised through a bucket collection £238 for the Royal British Legion, who attended and exhibited at the commemoration, plus £720 for other local charities.